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Just over a week after the Sony Xperia Z3+ - which is the international version of the Xperia Z4 available in Japan - started rolling out globally, rumours are doing rounds that the company's next flagship, the Xperia Z5, will be unveiled in Japan in September this year. Specs-wise, the device is said to be powered by the yet-to-be-released Snapdragon 820 SoC. It is expected to come with 4GB RAM, pack in a 4,500mAh battery, and feature a fingerprint recognition system. In terms of camera, the handset is rumoured to sport a 21MP Sony Exmor RS IMX230 CMOS sensor, with 4K video recording support and HDR capabilities. Along with the Xperia Z5, Sony is also said to be planning to launch the Xperia Z5 Compact and the Xperia Z5 Ultra. Needless to say, none of this has been officially confirmed by the company. So, take it with a pinch of...


Another week has passed and it's now time to direct our attention to the top ten chart. It sums up your interest in the devices in our database. Last week's surprising debutant, the Lenovo K3 Note, not only managed to hang in, but left everybody else in the dust and is officially number one in our weekly popularity contest. It's not every day that a Lenovo phone manages to swoop in and take the crown - in fact this is the first time since the introduction of the series. Looking down, this week we find the Galaxy S6 finally overtake the Galaxy Grand Prime, after it was sitting behind it for three weeks. In fourth we find the Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML yet again, while last's weeks forth - the Xiaomi Mi 4 - has dropped out of the top 10. Moving on, the iPhone 6 is steady like a rock at number 5. It is followed by the Samsung Galaxy A5 and S5 at sixth and seventh place, respectively, and none of the three has moved since last week. The affordable Galaxy E7 and J1 still occupy the bottom of the chart, but are hanging in there nonetheless. And finally, there is the Galaxy S4 at 10th place, which is the only new entry on the list this week. .news-item .n-left { float: left; width: 26%; text-align: center; } .news-item .n-right { float: left; width: 74%; } .news-item a { padding-bottom: 0; padding-left: 0; } .news-item .n-right h2, .reviews-item .n-right h2 { clear: both; padding: 0 0 3px 0px; font: 400 19px Oswald, Arial; margin-top: -4px; } .n-right p { margin-top: 25px; line-height: 155%; } .news-item { padding-top: 20px; padding-bottom: 10px; border-top: 1px solid #ccc; } .news-item p { margin-left: 0; } .n-right h2 .phone-name { display: inline-block; width: 252px; overflow: hidden; vertical-align: text-bottom; } .n-right h2 a { text-decoration: none; color: #000; } .flat-button{ text-align:center; text-decoration: none !important; font: 400 22px Oswald,Arial !important; //font-family: sans-serif; -webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; font-size: 150%; //background: #0CADA7; padding: 20px 60px !important; display: inline-block; white-space: nowrap; -webkit-border-radius: 5px; -moz-border-radius: 5px; border-radius: 5px; margin: 10px 0; -webkit-transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; -ms-transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; -moz-transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; -o-transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; color: #fff !important; } .flat-button-1 { background: #0CADA7; } .flat-button-1:hover { background: #0A948F; color: #666666 !important; } .flat-button-2 { background: #FF7E47; } .flat-button-2:hover { background: #EE7440; color: #666666 !important; } .n-right .rank-info { display: inline-block; font-family: "Oswald",​Arial,​sans-serif; font-size: 18px; font-weight: 100; } .n-right .rank-info .current-rank { font-size: 23px; } .circle { background: none repeat scroll 0 0 #8fb28f; border-radius: 50%; height: 23px; width: 23px; display: inline-block; margin: 0px 10px -1px 10px; } .arrow { width: 0; height: 0; border-style: solid; display: inline-block; margin: 0px 10px -1px 10px; } .arrow-up { border-width: 0 15px 25px 15px; border-color: transparent transparent #0cada7 transparent; } .arrow-down { border-width: 25px 15px 0 15px; border-color: #ff7e47 transparent transparent transparent; } Lenovo K3 Note RANK: 1WAS: 8 specs gallery Samsung Galaxy S6 RANK: 2WAS: 2 specs review Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime RANK: 3WAS: 1 specs review Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML RANK: 4WAS: 3 specs review Apple iPhone 6 RANK: 5WAS: 5 specs review Samsung Galaxy A5 RANK: 6WAS: 6 specs review Samsung Galaxy S5 RANK: 7WAS: 7 specs review Samsung Galaxy E7 RANK: 8WAS: 9 specs review Samsung Galaxy J1 RANK: 9WAS: 10 specs...




The Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update for the Samsung Galaxy A5 (SM-A500FU) debuted in Poland more than a month ago and now Russia is next. This time the firmware covers the SM-A500F model. The update is available over the air and via KIES, and weighs in at 920MB, which is not bad for an entirely new OS version. The firmware build carries an internal designation A500FXXU1BOF5 and is dated June 17. Being a major update, the new release brings along the host of Lollipop goodies like Material design, new lockscreen and notification area, as well as improved battery life and performance. All this is garnished with an updated TouchWiz overlay, naturally. Following Russia, the update is expected to reach a wider availability in the coming...


Soon after it became known that the Nokia N1 was imported to India for testing, information has surfaced that the tablet is also headed for Indonesia. According to the source, the Foxconn-manufactured device has passed certification in the country, suggesting its release is nearing. Exclusive to China at first, the Nokia N1 started to venture into new territories, first in Taiwan in May. Users outside of Asia are in no luck just yet, and the otherwise affordable tablet quickly loses its appeal if you resort to non-official channels to obtain one. The Nokia N1 is a Wi-Fi only device and is powered by an Intel Atom Z3580 chipset with a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, paired with 2GB of RAM. The tablet features a 7.9-inch display with 1,536 x 2,048 pixels resolution and runs Android 5.0. The highlight here is the Z launcher, which presents a different take on interaction with the OS. In case you missed it, you can go ahead and check out our recent review of the N1 for the full...


The fate of the LG G Pro 3 has been an unclear one and the project was reportedly put on hold a while ago in favor of focusing on the G4. With the mainstream flagship now out and doing well, the company is apparently back on track for releasing a follow-up to the G Pro 2. If this latest leak is to be believed, the high end phablet will sport a large 6-inch display with QHD resolution. You'd not be surprised to hear that the G Pro 3 will likely be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset, but it will also have 4GB of RAM, so we could expect some serious multi-window multitasking. There's going to be 32GB of built-in storage as well as a microSD slot for expansion. The sources claim a 20.7MP primary camera and that carries a bit of a Sony vibe, though it could well be the 10:7 Toshiba sensor, utilized in this year's HTC One M9 and the lot. An 8MP selfie shooter will also be on board. The handset is tipped to come with a fingerprint sensor, and we speculate it may be yet another feature to join the camera and the proprietary control layout on the back. That said, LG was believed to be skipping fingerprint reading and jumping straight to iris recognition, but it may be reserved for the G5, indeed. The smartphone is said to be released by the end of the year, but what sounds less exciting is the rumored price. At $790 it's not exactly affordable, though befitting a top-end 6-inch...


Google's latest and greatest, the Motorola-made Nexus 6 has gotten a substantial price cut in India. Major retailer Flipkart now sells the 32GB version of the device for INR 34,999 (or roughly $550) a good 20% off its regular INR 43,999 asking price. The offer extends to the roomier 64GB version too, which now retails for INR 39,999 ($630), as opposed to the usual INR 48,999. If that's not enough of a good deal for you, the store has an exchange program going on where you can get up to an additional INR 5,000 off the Nexus 6. You can turn in pretty much any smartphone, though some will obviously net you a smaller discount. A quick check showed that the iPhone 4S and Galaxy S4 are good for it. There's no word on how long the offer will be active, so you may be wise to act fast, if you've been eyeing up the Nexus 6 but found it too steep until now. Thanks to Pritesh for the...



There's no doubt by now that Apple is set to update its smartphone lineup (yes, both of them) this fall. There's also been the usual amount of rumors and leaks to shed some light on what could be expected. A new report now claims to detail the schedule of the launch, though not all of it looks just right. The believable part is the date the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are scheduled to be available for purchase, despite that it clashes with previous sources. The information, which is said to originate from Foxconn, but in all honesty one could extrapolate, states September 18 as the release date. It lines up nicely with previous generations - the iPhone 6/6 Plus duo was released on September 19 last year, and the iPhone 5S on September 20 back in 2013. What sounds less likely is the date of announcement, which is tipped to be September 11. Neither the world (certainly not the US) would want to see an iPhone on that day, nor would Apple be too happy about the keynote being the second most important event of the day. So while the availability date sounds plausible, we'd expect the major press event to take place a few days earlier than suggested, perhaps around the the 8th or 9th. Source |...


HTC One M9 Developer Edition began receiving Android 5.1 Lollipop over-the-air. Sporting the software number 2.6.651.11, the the new firmware brings a number of essential improvements to the flagship smartphone. With Android 5.1, HTC One M9 will get data performance and call drop enhancements. Battery life of the device has also been improved. Even more importantly, the camera of the HTC One M9 has received a number of optimizations with the update. The temperature management of the device has also been tweaked in order handle that Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset better. The Android 5.1 update for the Developer Edition HTC One M9 is a tad smaller than 800MB. If you are an owner of such device, head over to its settings menu to check if the new firmware is available....




Earlier today we showed you a partial render of what looked like a supposed Android-running version of the BlackBerry Passport. At the same time, we got word that the BlackBerry device codenamed Venice would eventually be headed to AT&T. Venice has so far been rumored to come out in November with Android on board. And now a leaked render surfaces claiming to depict it in all its glory. The source is once again @evleaks, the famous sometimes retired leaker of all things mobile. He was also the one who brought us the image of the Android-running Passport a few hours ago. The Venice model pictured above is going to be a slider, with a full physical QWERTY keyboard in tow. It should sport a 5.4-inch QHD touchscreen, a 16 MP rear camera, a 5 MP selfie snapper, 3GB of RAM, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 SoC with a hexa-core...


The MX5, which was made official by Meizu earlier this week and is currently only available for pre-order in China, is now up for international pre-orders. Online retailer Gearbest has started accepting pre-orders for the device, and will start shipping it beginning August 1. The retailer is selling the unlocked 16GB version of the handset for $398, which is a good $108 more than the device's official price. It's worth mentioning that Meizu hasn't officially announced any plans to expand the MX5's availability outside of China, so this is the only option you have as of now. Color options include white, champagne, and black. Shipping is free, although you can pay extra to expedite the process. Source |...



Nokia N1 - the Foxconn-made slate and the first Nokia device from the post-Microsoft era - was sold exclusively in China since the beginning of this year. It was just a month ago, when Nokia managed to finally release the N1 in Taiwan - the second market to get the tablet. Today we have some good news - the Nokia N1 has been listed in Zauba - India's import/export database. As it turns out the tablet is already imported in India for testing and hopefully it will make it to the retail shelves soon enough. The Nokia N1 became popular the minute it was announced and its stock in China was depleted in just minutes. Foxconn had some hard time meeting the demand, apparently it didn't anticipate the high interest. Nokia N1 looks really great on paper - it has a 7.9" Retina-grade IPS display, runs on the powerful Intel Atom Z3580 with a quad-core 2.3GHz processor and 2GB of RAM, there is 32GB storage and 8MP rear cam. The slate runs on Android Lollipop skinned with Nokia's Z Launcher and bets on aluminum unibody. The best part about the Nokia N1 is that it is priced at about $270. While Nokia N1 isn't available with Google Services in China, those come pre-installed in Taiwan and we guess India will get the same treatment. Here is hoping Foxconn manages to push the slate to even more market in the upcoming...



Market research firm comScore has released its latest numbers for the US smartphone market revealing a gain in market share for Apple's iPhone as well as iOS. As per the report, the Cupertino company's market share in the three months ending May stood at 43.5%, up 1.8 percent point from the 41.7% share it had in February this year. While Apple claimed the top spot, Samsung came in at second position with 28.7% share, up just 0.1 percent point. All others in the top 5, including LG, Motorola, and HTC, saw their market shares decline. In terms of mobile OS, Google's Android retained the top spot with 52.1% market share, down from 52.8% it had in January-end. On the other hand, Apple's iOS - which also retained its second position - increased its market share by 1.8pp to 43.5%. Microsoft, BlackBerry, and Symbian rounded up the top five with 3.0%, 1.3%, and 0.1% market shares,...

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